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We haven't done one of these in a while, but the events of the last few weeks warrant one. Vaping has reached the highest point it has been on the UK political agenda for quite some time (possibly ever). We haven't got everything we would have liked, but there is movement in political circles in the right direction, we need to keep it moving that way. So here are three things you can do to help that:
Chris Grayling made a speech in the house of commons saying that "have been carefully considered by the appropriate Committees of the House." We know that isn't true, tweet him or email him firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to withdraw his statement.
There are millions of vapers that don't use social media plus friends and family who support them. Let's try and get a few more in the know. Send a letter to your local paper to feature on the Letters Page. We need more people 'in the know'
If you haven't contacted your MP in the last 7 days please do so now. I know they often don't reply (at least mine doesn't) but the pressure we have been putting on in the last few weeks is paying dividends. They are likely to be asked about this at some point this week, be it in the bar, the corridor or the House. Let's make sure our feelings are fresh in their minds.
Here is a reminder of what "careful consideration" apparently looks like:
ASH once again are busy throwing vapers under a bus, desperate to protect the anti-smoker parts of the new legislation. They are downplaying the effect that the restrictions on e-cigarettes will have on the viability of vaping as an alternative to smoking. Their recent press release www.ash.org.uk/media-room/press-releases/:new-eu-rules-on-nicotine-strength-not-a-problem-for-most-vapers emphasised that ‘only’ 9% of the vaping population would be affected by the restrictions on e-liquid strength, calmly ignoring the fact that this translated to 252,000 individuals, many of whom are people just in the process of switching to vaping. ASH are also completely ignoring current and future smokers who may choose to switch.
This is why we are asking the vape community to write and tweet to Labour MP’s, Shadow Health Team, Labour Lords and a few other key decision makers to tell them your story, talk about how you switched and ask them to support Lord Callanan's motion.
The spreadsheet has been updated. The important targets are now at the top of the list and highlighted in red.
Twitter handles for the Shadow Health Team: @heidi_mp @lucianaberger @gwynnemp @keeleymp @justinmadders @lordphilofbrum
You may also wish to contact Jeremy Corbyn himself: email@example.com. In June 2014 Corbyn signed an Early Day Motion in support of e-cigarettes and regretting the direction the European Legislation had taken. www.parliament.uk/edm/2014-15/6 You might want to remind him of that.
Easier than Ohm's Law diche not for me, ten times harder at least, TBH more like 20 or 30 times, but you're probably right for the majority of people.
Still did it though and glad I did, so if you haven't and you struggle with Ohm's Law it should be easy.
I'm vaping on a hybrid mech at 0.65ohms and I still haven't got a clue about ohms law lol, but I guess it takes all sorts. The letters don't have to be long or clever or link to scientific articles, they just have to be true.
Calling all VAPERS, from every country and every nationality.
Help stop the ban of vaping in public places in Wales.
We all know that politicians generally prefer to receive communication from their constituents, but just once in a while we need to ignore that. This is one of those times.
Below is a list of Welsh politicians and their contact details. These are some of the politicians that are most likely to effect the outcome of stage 3 on the 8th of March, and the vote on March the 15th.
What we are asking you to do is adopt one. Send them a letter an email or a tweet (or all 3) and tell them about YOUR vaping story. If you are in the industry tell them how a ban would effect YOU in your country.
Keep it short, be polite, and tell them where you live.
This is not petition, it is a website designed to help Vapers write to the people in power in their local area, be that an MP, MSP or AM. There are helpful suggestions to give you an idea of what you might want to write, and all it takes is your postcode to direct your letter to the right person. Every vaper can and should take this opportunity to have their voices heard.
At the bottom of the page is a heat map which shows our progress, we need every area of the map to glow red, from top to bottom. If you haven't written to your MP before now is your chance to make a difference, and if you have then you know how important it is that they receive not one letter, but hundreds. The TPD may be coming, but there's still time to be heard.
2. The Article 20 Legal Challenge article20legalchallenge.com/ supporters list will be handed over at the Department of Health in Whitehall, London on Tuesday 29 September at 11am. As many vapers as possible need to attend. If you are part of a vaping organisation bring a banner. We need to show that it isn't just one company that objects to the TPD, but every single right-minded person. Bring the family and make a day of it!
2. A second call to vapers EVERYWHERE. The Totally Wicked legal case goes to court on the 1st of October. Please print off the downloadable support form article20legalchallenge.com/support-the-legal-challenge/ and collect as many signatures as you can. Anyone can add their support, vaper or not, regardless of which country you're from. This court case could have real international impact if it is successful, and it is far more likely to be shown serious consideration if it is shown to have widespread support.
I suppose that as I am asking for stories, I ought to tell you my own.
I started smoking at 14, and was an occasional smoker for the next few years, it was when I was 17 that I started smoking on a daily basis. I enjoyed smoking, I smoked for 24 years, and except for a couple of half hearted attempts to give up I smoked daily though not heavily. I liked the way it broke up my day and gave me those little rest breaks, chill out time to get my head together or to zone out. Each time I tried to quit (normally due to pressure from my then husband) I missed what smoking did for me, I found life far more stressful and I missed the effect nicotine had of making me more focussed in some way. Now I am no idiot, I knew smoking was doing me harm, but I had pretty much resigned myself to dying from a smoking related disease, the benefits I gained outweighed the dangers I perceived (though this might have changed as I grew older). I bought my first ecig for a laugh, I had no intention of quitting smoking, though I did think it might let me cut down a bit. I had heard of ecigs from a work colleague and my hairdresser, and thought little of it until I was passing a shop in a town centre that had a ego/CE4 and two juices for £10 advertised. It was cheap, and I thought it would be a giggle to try a few flavours. When I walked in the shop I thought the tobacco flavours would be where it was at, but I didn't like any of them, after a mammoth tasting session I walked out with Honeydew Melon and Cherry flavour and still had zero intention of quitting smoking. So I smoked when I wanted to smoke and vaped when I wanted to vape, and 10 days later I had my first smoke free day in 20 years. I just forgot to smoke, the vaping hit the spot so well, that I didn't even realise I hadn't had a cigarette until I reached for my tobacco at 11 o'clock at night and it was still where I had left it the previous evening. I didn't quit smoking, I switched to an infinitely preferable way of enjoying my nicotine and my way of life. I have done the research, I know it is better for me, but if it didn't hit the spot that wouldn't really be relevant. I'm not a vaper because it is healthier or cheaper or smells less, though all of these are true. I am a vaper because it is better. As I write this I haven't had a cigarette for 15 months, and I don't see myself ever going back. It would be like throwing away my phone and going back to semaphore.
2. Industry led regulation is one way of ensuring that vaping continues to meet the needs of the community. BSI PAS 54115 is now available and it is specific to e cigs and e-liquids shop.bsigroup.com/ProductDetail/?pid=000000000030303130 The best thing about this BSI PAS is that it is VOLUNTARY. Suggest this PAS to your local vendors and if they aren't sure, ask them to watch this
3. Add your story to the growing worldwide collection. This week there are threads on forums, on facebook, on Twitter and on our blog asking for your vaping story. These will be added to an international database of vaping stories. Our stories are one of our most powerful weapons. Tell the world how you became a vaper. vapersinpower.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/whats-your-vaping-story/